Great Lakes
Jason Whalen

MI - Erie Marsh Preserve restoration in final stages

Migrating birds are making their annual trip north to forests, prairies, streams, rivers and beaches across the United States and Canada.

Migrating birds are making their annual trip north to forests, prairies, streams, rivers and beaches across the United States and Canada.

Hundreds of millions of birds will stop along the way and southeast Michigan is one of their favorite places to rest and refuel. These stopover sites are critical to the survival of migratory birds, whose journeys can span thousands of miles, some traveling from as far as the tropical forests of South America.

The more we can do to provide the habitat they need during their arduous journey, the better we can protect their future survival.

And we benefit, too. Migratory birds offer more than beautiful plumes and melodic calls. Our feathered friends have a significant positive impact on our environment, economy and mental health.

By spreading seeds, pollinating plants, and eating insects and rodents, birds play an important role in maintaining the health of our natural areas. And birders provide a boon to the local economy, spending money on equipment, meals, and travel supplies during their visit to catch a glimpse of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds and raptors.

If that weren’t enough, studies have also shown that spending time in nature, like birding, reduces stress and can improve your mood.

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